Feeds

GPLv3 to reinforce FSF open-source license position?

Beats older competition

The essential guide to IT transformation

Adoption of GPLv3 has surpassed many older licenses in a short time, according to license watcher Black Duck Software.

GPLv3 is now the fifth most chosen license in the open-source community, used in 6,300 projects, and is expected to snatch the number four-slot from BSD in "a year or two" Black Duck said

The move past BSD would represent a doubling of GPLv3's use. BSD is employed in 6.51 per cent of projects compared to GPLv3 in 3.98 per cent. The numbers are based on Black Duck's repository of 170,000 open-source projects from nearly 4,000 sites.

GPLv3 has so-far surpassed the Common Public License, Mozilla Public License, MIT, and Apache licenses in the year and a half since launch. These licenses date back to 1998 in the case of MIT to 2004 with Apache.

Black Duck released the figures saying it's a myth that GPLv3, released in June 2007, is being ignored. GPLv3's growth is consistent with the fact that other GPL licenses offered by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) cover most open-source code: around 70 per cent of all open source projects use a variation of GPL, Black Duck said. The GPL 2.0 and LGPL 2.0 are used in 55 and 10 per cent of projects respectively.

Among other myths busted by Black Duck is the claim that "real programmers do not comment". Open-source developers add one comment line for every four lines of code, with Java being the most commented language. Java has one comment line for every two lines of code. Also, a quarter of all the billions of lines of downloadable open-source code were released or renewed this year, with 90 per cent written in the "major" languages - C, C++, JavaScript and C#. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.